More than five years after they fought each other in the UFC, Machida (26-8 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) and Mousasi (45-7-2 MMA, 3-1 BMMA) will run it back in September at Bellator 228, the promotion announced Thursday.
The middleweight fight will co-headline Bellator 228, which takes place Sept. 28 at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., and streams on DAZN following prelims on MMA Junkie.
In the years following, Mousasi has accused “The Dragon” of greasing in the fight and also taken shots at the Brazilian for his U.S. Anti-Doping Agency suspension that forced him away from competition for 18 months.
It was thought that if Machida and Mousasi were to rematch in Bellator there would be a title on the line. However, Mousasi lost his 185-pound strap to Rafael Lovato Jr. in a surprising decision loss last month at Bellator 223.
Mousasi will have the chance to avenge a loss and jump back in the title mix at the same time at Bellator 228.
The latest Bellator 228 card now includes:
- Patricio Freire vs. Juan Archuleta – for featherweight title/featherweight grand prix opening round
- Lyoto Machida vs. Gegard Mousasi
- Kickboxing champ Gabriel Varga nervous for MMA debut at Bellator 224, but that's how he wants it
- Bellator 224 ceremonial weigh-in highlights: Budd, Rubin ready to heat up Oklahoma
- Where she wants to be: The evolution of Julia Budd
Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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